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Stop, Look & Listen: Sound Advice For Anyone Considering Laser Surgery

Scarlett Garza

You have probably heard that Lasik surgery is not for everyone. This sounds weird, considering that it is laser surgery that can correct vision problems—you would think that laser surgery would work for everyone. If you are considering this type of surgery to improve your own vision, then stop, look, and listen to the reasons why it is not for everyone.

It Is Not for Those Who Are Borderline Legally Blind

This type of surgery changes the shape of the eyeballs so that the images projected onto the retina become clearer and the images will land on the retina. If you are already legally blind or borderline legally blind, changing the shape of  your eyeballs will not change this fact. This is the first group of individuals that cannot reap the benefits of Lasik vision correction.

Glaucoma Patients

Patients who suffer from glaucoma, even if it has been treated, cannot get Lasik eye surgery. The laser creates an elevation in eye pressure, which, for glaucoma patients, is definitely not a good idea. Glaucoma patients already have dangerously high levels of pressure in their eyes, which can lead to blindness. Increasing that pressure with laser surgery elevates the risk of blindness as the outcome, rather than an improvement in vision. Until a doctor cures the glaucoma, or feels that the risk of blindness is significantly reduced, a glaucoma patient cannot have Lasik eye surgery either.

Patients with Really High Blood Pressure or Diabetes

Patients with really high blood pressure or diabetes, and patients with uncontrolled and/or untreated forms of these two diseases, also cannot have Lasik surgery. Patients with high blood pressure have similar issues to patients with glaucoma, which is why they cannot undergo the procedure. Patients with diabetes have multiple issues going on with their eyes, and introducing a Lasik surgery which could be complicated or compromised by the current issues is something most eye surgeons do not want to tackle or risk.

If You Have One or More of the Above Conditions

If you have one or more of the above health conditions or diagnoses, you fall into the small percentage of the population that cannot have the procedure. For some, it is not a permanent "no-go," but the rest can never have the procedure at all. Talk to your doctor to see if you qualify for Lasik surgery. One such instance is to drop a lot of weight so that your blood pressure drops as well and you do not need medication to control the condition. If you do that, you may be able to get Lasik.


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About six years ago, I realized that my eyes were always bothering me. I was really frustrated about the problem and so I went to meet with my optometrist. He was incredibly kind and understanding, and he did a thorough evaluation of my vision. He found out that I had a severe eye infection, and so he started treating it right away. This blog is all about getting help with your eye health and knowing how to watch out for serious ocular disorders. By spotting the signs of trouble early, you might be able to retain your vision and live a better life.